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Trip Report Tampa and Biloxi

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by texascane, May 26, 2020.

  1. texascane

    texascane Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    It was going to rain in Florida this weekend so I made a trip to Tampa to check out the Hard Rock on opening day, drove up to Atlanta to get outdoors and climb stone mountain and then down to Biloxi for a bit more gambling. Was going to keep driving around the country but decided to come home as partial reopening needed some work and I figured I would wait a week until more casinos opened and I would get better free hotels.

    I was at the Hard Rock in Tampa at 6:30 the day the reopened. It was quiet but filled up quickly as the public announcement was for 7. They had opened earlier in the day by invitation. I wasnt able to get a room at their hotel but they comped me at the Sheraton 5 minutes away. It was very odd as everything at the hotel was closed and there seemed to be only 10 guests. The Hard Rock had the temperature camera at the entrance and gave everyone a mask. You had to wear it the whole time so I only played for an hour or so. Also the tables had plexiglass dividers between the players and dealers with a small cut out rectangle at the bottom to make your bets. The high limit area was quiet so I had the table to myself. The dealers and pit bosses were super friendly but I couldnt hear anything they said through the mask and plexiglass. I wouldnt play there again until the mask requirement is gone and no plexiglass. It would also not be fun if you were with a group to play cards. They only had a limited staff on opening night so they cashier line was 45 minutes long. Super busy with everyone on top of each other. Overall not worth it for me as the experience was on the low end though I did exceptionally well playing blackjack.

    After Atlanta we drove down to Biloxi. The city is trying to catch up so most things were open, just in a very limited way. As an example we went to Dennys and they had a limited menu and were out of most things like OJ, Ice Cream, .... We went to Saltgrass and the baker didnt come in because he made more on unemployment than going to work so no bread was available. Not big in the grand scheme of things, but enough that I would put a trip off for a bit.

    We had a comped room at Harrah's which was fine. Everything seemed clean and they had a sticker on the door to say it was sanitized. Pool was busy and they were limiting access for capacity reasons. No temp screening going on at Harrahs and no masks required for customers. Elevator was also limited to 4 people but most people ignored.

    I had a $400 food credit which I didnt use and the restaurants didnt seem that good. I had a $250 table free play available immediately and a $500 travel credit that they gave me after gambling for 2 hours. The table play was given in $50 one time use chips and travel was $100 slot tickets. They didnt ask for receipts for travel and just paid out the full $500.

    Harrah's gambling seemed fine if you were playing slots but a bit tougher for table games. Since they were limiting blackjack to 3 people and craps 2 or 3 depending on the size of the table they were packed. I had to wait up to 20 minutes to get a spot, especially when just the small craps table was open. Everyone seemed to be having fun, most people didnt wear masks. They were sanitizing the dice after every roll, as well as the stick and positions when people changed.

    The golden nugget was much like Harrahs but the Scarlete Pearl had plexiglass dividing the table games so I didnt play there.
     
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  2. texascane

    texascane Low-Roller

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    Tampa

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  3. texascane

    texascane Low-Roller

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    Harrah's Gulf Coast

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  4. texascane

    texascane Low-Roller

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    Golden Nugget Biloxi

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  5. texascane

    texascane Low-Roller

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    Scarlete Pearl Biloxi

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  6. redfury

    redfury Low-Roller

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    Really appreciate you sharing your observations and pics. The table games look absolutely miserable between the masks and plexiglass. Scheduled for Vegas and Biloxi next week so nice to have some insight beforehand
     
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  7. wtwde

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    Thanks for the report... what were the table minimums like in Biloxi?
     
  8. sabrina

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    Thank you for reporting!
     
  9. texascane

    texascane Low-Roller

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    I didnt jump around much but they tables I was at were $25 minimum for blackjack and craps was $25 minimum with 100x odds. Not sure if this is indicative of the other tables. Since there were limited openings at the tables I just sat where there was availability.
     
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  10. ronc

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    Thanks for the report.

    Thanks for the table mins you added while I was typing my comment!

    I think that it would be great if everyone reported table minimums they encounter at casinos visited during reopening phases. My son found them high in the Lake Charles area on his trip last week (as reported in the trip notes I posted) and I think that it would be valuable info moving forward as things start operating.

    The Biloxi ones in this report are higher than the ones I remember from my last visit there.
     
  11. TracyinVegas

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    Thank you for your report! My daughter lives in Tampa and we are staying at Hard Rock for one night early Nov.
     
  12. Wallew

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    Thanks for the report it is very informative.
     
  13. Gus

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    as a craps player even with the sepertation of players you are still elbow to elbow to each other and especially with the stick man on the bends.

    thank you for the info and pictures, it helps us players who are on the fence to decide if it's worth it to make a casino run.
     
  14. texascane

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    There were 3 people on each side of a regular craps table. You'll still be near someone either another player or if you move to the end the dealers. If everyone stayed in their designated slot there would be space but of course people shuffle around as they play.
     
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  15. nancyf

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    thanks for your report... would feel safer with a mask but it would limit the time as I feel like I can't breathe with it on....
     
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    Nancy - are you using cloth or the pre-made ones? I was ok with cloth when it was cooler out, but now that it is warm the cloth is miserable for me. I actually ordered a pack of the disposable ones from Amazon as they are so much lighter weight and my glasses don't fog up. I actually don't get out much since I am working from home but I do wear one when I go to Wal-Mart. I will also if our local casino ever opens up. It's actually easier for me to wear the disposables - I even have a tendency to forget I have it on.
     
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    I have a cloth one that is so hot... and I have disposable ones - they are better but I am in Florida so its hot here, I think thats why I think I can't breathe.. I ordered some from Amazon but they got lost in the mail and never came...
     
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    Awww that's awful. Mine have been shipped and hopefully will arrive. I must have been lucky when I hit them on Amazon the other day. Immediate shipping. Now they say delivery 1st week in August for new orders. Our nationwide office supply company finally has them now, as well as the state banker's association. So I do have a couple other sources if mine go astray.
     
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  19. bull1029

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    Great report...thanks.
     
  20. tringlomane

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    Nice report!